• Photo: Eastern Michigan to Install Gray FieldTurf

    by Michael Gaio June 2014

    Eastern Michigan University will soon be home to Division I football's first gray playing surface. The school announced last week it will install the colored FieldTurf Revolution surface at Rynearson Stadium.

  • Northwestern's Peanut-Free Policy to Include Five Sports

    by Rexford Sheild June 2014

    The Northwestern athletic department has announced it will hold three peanut-free football games in 2014, including games against Cal on Aug. 30, Northern Illinois on Sept. 6 and Western Illinois on Sept. 20. 

  • Beer and Wine Sales Trending at College Stadiums

    by Dan Wolken, USA TODAY Sports June 2014

    Southern Methodist's Rick Hart and Texas A&M's Eric Hyman run athletics departments that share a state, once shared a conference and still have enough in common to play each other in multiple sports, including football this season. But Texas A&M fans who land tickets to their team's Sept. 20 game at SMU's Ford Stadium will have the opportunity to do something that is forbidden in the Aggies stadium: buy a beer. After a successful trial run during basketball season that netted the athletics department a six-figure windfall over the course of 12games, SMU is one of a handful of schools that will begin selling beer and wine at its on-campus stadium. And with athletics departments getting ready to absorb multimillion-dollar obligations in new player benefits thanks to a wave of litigation and NCAA restructuring, it's plausible that others might soon follow suit.

  • Opinion: Renovation Wiser than Building Bills Stadium

    by The Buffalo News June 2014

    Generalizations not backed by evidence, pronouncements without a premise, conventional wisdom that doesn't sound smart. The idea doesn't make any more sense to me now than when it was first floated, yet the "new stadium" drumbeat just gets louder. Logic can't stop it. Questions won't muffle it. Concerns barely slow it. I'm getting flashbacks to the dreaded "silver bullet" days of gotta-do-it, taxpayer-subsidized, salvation-promising projects that had little foundation in common sense and, if they were built, did us more harm than good. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • Atlanta's New Stadiums Focus on Fans in Different Ways

    by Tim Tucker; Staff June 2014

    Seats that would vibrate with each hard hit on the field didn't make the final cut. But a 100-yard-long bar and a fantasy football lounge did make it, along with a roof that is supposed to open and close in about seven minutes. The Falcons last week received complete design drawings from their architects for the team's downtown stadium, a milestone in the transition from the planning to building phases of the project. The Braves, meanwhile, said their architects continue to refine the design and amenities of the team's planned Cobb County stadium, with particular emphasis on the connection between the ballpark and an adjacent entertainment complex. Both stadiums are scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, if all goes as planned. Both teams vow the venues will significantly change the fan experience, albeit in different ways.

  • Track Removal to Begin at at KU's Memorial Stadium

    by The Capital-Journal June 2014

    Kansas' Memorial Stadium is officially losing its track.

  • Florida Offers Pro Stadiums More Public Funding Options

    by Christine Stapleton and Joe Capozzi Palm Beach Post Staff Writers June 2014

    Palm Beach County's effort to build a two-team spring training stadium got a boost Friday from Gov. Rick Scott's signing of a bill meant to help professional sports organizations, including soccer and NASCAR, get access to public money to pay for building new stadiums or upgrading current ones. But the stadium bill (HB 7095), which sweetens the existing financing options for constructing spring training stadiums, might not be enough to build the kind of facility the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals want. The county still is waiting to hear back from the teams after telling them in May they need to reduce their preliminary $141 million cost for a stadium in West Palm Beach. The measure was one of 57 bill signings Scott announced Friday.

  • Inside Minnesota's Successful Bid for 2018 Super Bowl

    by ROCHELLE OLSON, Minneapolis Star Tribune June 2014

    Atlanta - Minneapolis' stadium-trumpeting pitch triumphed over party magnet New Orleans and earnest Indianapolis to win the 2018 Super Bowl. Minneapolis' theme, "Built for the Bold," emphasized the new $1 billion Vikings stadium under construction and the state's friendly ethos. When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the victor after the 32 NFL team owners' fourth ballot, raucous cheers and shouts of "We did it!" from Minnesotans reverberated in the hallways of the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta's upscale Buckhead neighborhood, where the high-stakes drama played out.

  • Legislators Lift Private Funding Mandate for ODU Stadium

    by Harry Minium June 2014

    By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot The General Assembly will not require Old Dominion to build a new football stadium entirely with private funds after all. A provision of the Virginia Senate budget that would have required ODU to fund a stadium privately was dropped from the budget adopted last week by the Senate and House of Delegates.

  • Chilean Soccer Fans Storm World Cup Stadium

    by Andrew Brandt June 2014

    If there’s one thing we can learn from the fan-fueled fiasco at Marcana Stadium on Wednesday, it’s that Chile’s soccer fans will do just about anything to see their team compete in the FIFA World Cup.